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Today's News

  • Update on road conditions, closings

    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced on its emergency hotline that it will be closed today.

    A strong winter storm pushed through the area dumping approximately 8-10 inches of snow overnight.

    Light snow continues to fall this morning, but the storm system is moving out of the area and precipitation is expected to end by noon.

    As of 5:51 a.m., Los Alamos Public Schools is on a delay due to weather condition.

    All elementary and middle school classes will start two hours late and Los Alamos High School classes will start at 10 a.m.

  • Girls basketball: LA heads to Four Corners to take on two top AAAA teams

    This weekend could be a full one for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team. Players are planning on getting some Christmas shopping in, holding a Secret Santa session and maybe even catching a flick.
    Oh, and they’ll play some hoops as well.
    The Hilltoppers are set to embark on a four-day road trip to the Four Corners area, where they will play three District 1AAAA teams, including two of the top-rated teams in the state.

  • Basketball: Topper girls fall out of top 10 in new NMHSCA rankings

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA boys and girls basketball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls, Class 4A

        Team        Total pts.      Pvs.

    1. Kirtland Cent. (7)    88    1
    2. Roswell (2)        74    3

  • Sports Update 12-16-10

    Balog named All-State defensive back

    Hilltopper defensive back Kory Balog was named to the All-Class 4A second team for the 2010 season.

    Balog, who led Los Alamos in interceptions and was among the team leaders in tackles this season, was named to the second team secondary defense by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The all-state 4A selections were announced Wednesday.

    Balog, who was also the team's quarterback for the past two seasons, was the lone Hilltopper to earn All-State honors this year.

  • Tread carefully on film incentives

    A new study argues that New Mexico and 42 other states are wasting their money on film incentives.  
    “In the harsh light of reality, film subsidies offer little bang for the buck,” writes Robert Tannenwald, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    I give the study a thumbs-down for its biases and mistaken assumptions, but it’s another reminder that the incentive program isn’t well understood.

  • Bingaman ponders reelection bid

    We have become such a rancorous lot, we Americans.
    Perhaps that’s why many New Mexicans had a moment’s pause when Jeff Bingaman recently let it be known that he is thinking about not seeking another term in the U.S. Senate come 2012.
    Bingaman is that rare political figure who rarely blows his cool, an isle of balance and sanity in a sea of roiling political waters.

  • Autio's whirlwind rise to the top

    In a one-two punch Tuesday night, Chairman Michael Wismer announced that the Los Alamos County Council was terminating County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and appointing County Attorney Randy Autio acting administrator — effective immediately.
    “Never in my wildest dreams of five months coming to Los Alamos would I think I’d be the acting county administrator,” Autio said during an interview in his new county headquarters office Wednesday. “It’s surreal – I feel like I’m in a Salvador Dali painting.”

  • Weather Propels Construction Progress

  • First substantial snowstorm of the season arrives

    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area that will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Friday morning.
    Snowfall is expected to increase throughout the afternoon and evening hours and continue Thursday night before tapering off Friday morning.
    The high temperature today is expected to hover just above freezing and dip to 31 degrees overnight. The high tomorrow is expected to only reach the freezing point, and then dip into the mid-20s overnight.

  • CIP work awarded $910K

    Los Alamos County Council awarded $910,000 to conduct a number of capital improvement project (CIP) studies during a special meeting Wednesday night.
    The proposals, along with their costs, that are progressing into the study phase are:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift station, parking improvements, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and a cover — $240,000
    • Ashley Pond improvements that address health and safety such as ADA improvements, storm water and water quality issues — $125,000